Steve Russell: A Modern Day American Warrior

August 4, 2011

Photo: Efrem Lukatsky, AP

We've covered many warriors from all walks of life and from different periods in time, but what about a true modern warrior? We bring you none other than the man who led the battalion that finally caught Saddam Hussein: Lt. Col. Steve Russell. As the special guest on Deadliest Warrior Live, Steve took us through the series of events that lead to Saddam Hussein's capture, and described what that moment felt like..

Steve Russell served 21 years in the United States Army as an infantry officer, deploying operationally to Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq. During his command of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, he was widely covered during the first year of the Iraq war by TIME, CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, AP and Reuters. He and his unit were featured in BBC Panorama's Saddam on the Run documentary as well as Discovery's Ace in the Hole. He has also been the subject of numerous books and publications. Russell retired from the Army in 2006 to return to his native state of Oklahoma, where he has advocated nationally for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Russell is the author of We Got Him! A Memoir of the Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein. Russell has served in the Oklahoma State Senate since 2008.